TECHNICAL PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Controls, Diagnostics, and Instrumentation

A Fiber-Optic Tip-Shroud Deflection Measurement System

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R. A. Rooth, W. Hiemstra

KEMA Nederland B.V., P.O. Box 9035, 6800 ET Arnhem, The Netherlands

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 123(2), 359-362 (Oct 01, 2000) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1364498 History: Received October 01, 1999; Revised October 01, 2000
Copyright © 2001 by ASME
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Principle of the astigmatic optic deflection probe
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Optical configuration of the astigmatic probe. Spherical lens f=25 mm. Cylindrical lens f=83 mm.
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Tip shroud deflection probe, mounted on the turbine
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Layout of the detection cabinet
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A series of three successive calibration runs, showing the good reproducibility
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Example of the distance signal of the tip shroud monitor, the arrow shows the measurement at the enlarged cooling hole position
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Picture of the tip shroud segments. The picture shows the cooling holes and the enlarged hole for identification of the blades.
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Step sizes with turbine on turning gear, 1200 rev/min
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Step sizes with turbine at full load, 36 MW. Turbine frequency 85 Hz.
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Step sizes with turbine at rest, mechanical measurement during an overhaul



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